01 February 2021
It is difficult, therefore, to have a one cost fits all social care package.
Our National Insurance Contributions to the NHS means that we can have a broken arm fixed or two major hip operations and our financial contribution will stay the same. As a care provider of 41 years, I have seen successive governments tell us how they are going to solve the social care dilemma. Many reports over the years offering the same, but nothing gets to the root of the problem of how to pay for a sensible, safe and available to all, social care sector which is genuinely costed, effective and one of which we can be proud. There is one answer, and that is to fund social care as the NHS is funded.
Everyone who pays tax contributes, and everyone who needs the support receives it.Covid-19 has shown once again that social care has importance in differing areas of support. Simple domestic need such as ensuring that older and disabled people can have food purchased, delivered and prepared, personal care support and in a time of shielding and isolation, contact with other people. These three types of home care support lessen the need in so many cases for NHS support at a time when the NHS is under severe pressure. When the pandemic has passed, social care will continue to support the NHS as reliable, professional and safe home care delivery reduces the number of people who will require hospitalization.